6 Best New Songs Right Now: 10/21/22 | Revolver

6 Best New Songs Right Now: 10/21/22

Babymetal, Fleshwater, Foreign Hands and more
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Foreign Hands
photograph by Ashley Simpson

Here at Revolver, we're always on the hunt for new songs to bang our heads to — indeed, it's a big part of our jobs. With that in mind, here are the tracks released this week in metalcore, alt-metal, shoegaze and more that have been on heavy rotation at Revolver HQ. For your listening pleasure, we've also compiled the songs in an ever-evolving Spotify playlist.

Babymetal - "Divine Attack"

Babymetal have grown up. At least it sounds that way on "Divine Attack," the lead single from their new album, The Other One, which takes a noticeable turn away from the colorful danciness that the kawaii-metal leaders have been known for. Gone are the candy-coated synths of "Gimme Chocolate!!" and dubstep wobbles of "BxMxC," and in are subtle electronic layers and guitar patterns that are busier than they are chuggy. Every song on the new record speaks to a different "parallel world," but on "Divine Attack" at least, Babymetal sound more grounded on earth than ever before. 

Architects - "Burn Down My House"

Architects have never sounded as wounded and delicate as they do on "Burn Down My House." On their new album, the U.K. crew threw throbbing industrial and scream-at-the-rain nu-metal into their metalcore, but this track is a desperate ballad that excise's Sam Carter's stinging regret. "Burn down my house/I'll blame myself and no one else," he mutters over a smoldering guitar riff and a drumbeat that never exceeds a dejected plod. "I swear I'm OK," he pleads during the devastated hook, but he doesn't sound convincing.

Chelsea Grin - "Forever Bloom" (Feat. Trevor Strnad)

Chelsea Grin and the Black Dahlia Murder are very different bands in a lot of ways, but Trevor Strnad's voice could fit well in basically any extreme-metal setting. Before he tragically passed earlier this year, the late singer contributed a scorching vocal performance to Chelsea Grin track called "Forever Bloom." It's a hulking piece of chuggy deathcore, the kind CG have made their bones doing for years, but Strnad's appearance gives it a little something extra. Wish we coulda' seen it live.

Fleshwater - "The Razor's Apple"

Fleshwater are by no means the only active band who are approaching grungy shoegaze from a hardcore perspective, but they're one you need to know. Featuring members of metalcore brutalists Vein.FM, Fleshwater's new song, "The Razor's Apple," hits with the force of an aggressive punk song, but the gauzy layers of distortion and singer MIRSY's dreamy, despondent vocals give it a much more dynamic and emotionally nuanced vibe. Plus, Kurt Ballou worked the boards, so you know it sounds crisp as hell. 

Foreign Hands - "Tearing Down Your Reality"

The first line of "Tearing Down Your Reality" already sounds like it's going to be fucking crazy when Foreign Hands play it live. The Delaware upstarts are one of the most promising bands in metalcore, and songs like this (as well as the superb EP they dropped earlier this year) show why. Their early 2000s style of metalcore strikes the ideal balance between moshy and catchy, with plenty of breakdowns and hooks that you can actually find yourself whistling along to. Learn the words.

Deadbody - "The Requiem"

The Young brothers, Colin (Twitching Tongues, God's Hate) and Taylor (producer of all your favorite new hardcore albums), stay busy. They recently added a new band to their pile called Deadbody, and this one lands somewhere between late-Nineties death metal, grind and discombobulating hardcore of the Deadguy variety. "The Requiem" doesn't waste a second, tumbling into a fury of grave-digging blast beats and then patting the dirt back down with a heap of malicious breakdowns.